PHOTOS: Hurricane Ida Completely Demolishes Building in Downtown New Orleans

by Joe Rutland

As Hurricane Ida moved through Southeast Louisiana on Sunday, its winds caused a building in downtown New Orleans to collapse.

The storm’s winds slammed into New Orleans with gusts over 100 miles per hour. It takes a strong building to hold up against that mighty wind.

Sadly, one building didn’t survive that windy onslaught. Take a look below at some photos taken of this older structure falling apart on Sunday.

Hurricane Ida was not going weakly into the night, either. Numerous heavy winds and powerful rains hit in and around New Orleans.

That was going to be the case on Sunday night and into Monday. But Sunday night showed a slight ray of hope as the storm started showing some signs of coming apart.

Hurricane Ida Forecast To Remain As Category 1 Storm After Leaving Louisiana

Forecasters said Hurricane Ida was probably going to move out of New Orleans still as a Category 1 storm. That’s much different than the Category 4 hurricane that blasted across the Louisiana coastline on Sunday.

It was supposed to break apart eventually and become a tropical storm. The remnants of Hurricane Ida are forecast to not only move through Mississippi and Tennessee but even into New England later this week. The storm is stubborn for sure.

Damage assessments have not fully kicked into gear on Sunday night. Federal, state, and local officials are planning to go out on Monday after the storm has moved out of Southeast Louisiana and start making them at that time.

They will be quite busy with locations losing power. Additionally, they’ll see how much damage was caused by wind and rain associated with Hurricane Ida.

Storm Causes 95 Percent Shutdown Of Oil Production

What is one thing this storm’s effects could bring not only to a singular area but throughout the United States? Rising oil prices.

People are expecting those to head upward as 95.7 percent of oil production in factories that were in the path of Hurricane Ida had been shut down.

CNN reported on Sunday that the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it evacuated 288 oil and natural gas production platforms.

When there is a shortage in oil supply, then demand goes up. That causes oil prices to head north, something they already were doing last week. Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on the oil market.

Consider this: About half of the total refinery capacity is along the Gulf Coast region.

This region in the United States is responsible for about 15 percent of America’s oil and 5 percent of its natural gas, the Tennessean reports. It cited the U.S. Energy Information Administration as its source. Hurricane Ida may leave the area, but oil prices will be hurting consumers.